George Washington Papers

To George Washington from George Johnston, 5 January 1758

From George Johnston

[5 January 17581]

Sir

I am very Clearly of Opinion that by whatsoever Deeds you purchase by you will be Intituled to the same Quantity of Land and to have it Laid off in the same manner that Darrill ought to have had it Laid off: however to make you Easie in that particular & to Avoid any the Least Dispute you may have your Deeds So Drawn as totally to remove all Difficulties.2 I wish you all the pleasures the present times can Yield and am Your hle Servt

G. Johnston

ALS, PHi: Dreer Collection.

1GW later docketed this letter: “Letter To, and from Cap: Geo: Johnston 5th Jany 1758.” See GW’s letter to Johnston of this date.

2Although GW received a bond from Sampson Darrell on 20 Dec. 1757 (see Darrell to GW, 28 Dec. 1757, n.2) guaranteeing the sale to him of two parcels of land, Darrell’s mother’s dower rights in the land delayed GW’s receiving deeds of lease and release until May 1760. In September 1759 GW made an agreement with the mother Ann Darrell Smith and her new husband for payment of an annual rent on the land until her death (deeds of Darrell to GW, 19–20 May 1760, Fairfax County Deed Book D–1, 681–92, Vi Microfilm; lease of Thomas and Ann Darrell Smith to GW, 20 Sept. 1759, PHi: Gratz Collection; Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 11). On 19 Dec. 1757 GW paid Sampson Darrell £250 as part payment for the two parcels of land and in January 1760 arranged to pay him the remaining £90 (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 49).

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